the color sergeants waving their standards to encourage the men. But our attention was fixed in that direction but a moment, yet that was of great encouragement to us. We could see a great gap in our line to the right and knew that we were at the point of danger and that perhaps the fate of the battle rested with us. General Upton
ordered us to fix bayonets and not to fire until he gave the command, and the word was passed along the line.
At last the enemy reached to where there could not be any doubt of their identity, and General Upton
gave the order, ‘Ready, aim, fire,’ and crash went that volley of lead, and down tumbled those brave fellows.
‘Forward, charge,’ rang out Upton
's short, incisive command, and away we went.
Reaching the point where their line had stood we saw many of them lying there, not all shot however.
Some of them had dropped down to escape death and became our prisoners.
But those who could get away fled for their lives, not stopping on the order of their going.
At once out rushed our companion regiments in fine order.
The 2d Connecticut advancing and firing, was compelled to withstand a severe fire from the right as well as front, and suffered severely.
We reformed and were immediately moved forward and placed on the left of the 37th Massachusetts to close up a gap. This splendid regiment, armed with Spencer
repeating rifles, had charged in on the charging Rebels in the nick of time, and had saved our (Stevens') battery near the road, while we had reached their front and poured in our volley.
It was about this time that we lost another of our famous and gallant commanders, Gen. David A. Russell
, commanding our division.
He was killed by a shell while moving up with his old brigade on the charge His command devolved upon General Upton
, who shortly after 5 o'clock was also disabled ”